Re: Blood pressure spikes at doctor's office
Hi grayfox and everyone else on the thread. Just thought I'd update you on my visit to the doctors this morning to get my results. Armed with my own Omron monitor and three weeks of hourly blood pressure readings (yes I do need to get a life) I turned up and immediately started stressing out whilst waiting.
He amazed me, and the gist of what he said is: my readings on the ambulatory monitor were fine, my own readings were even finer; I shouldn't worry about the machine continually re-inflating - it doesn't necessarily mean your pressure is high. In the future he said I was not to have my readings taken at the surgery, I was to produce my own records, and then only a couple of readings a week taken for two or three weeks prior to my reviews. I was to sit quietly, wait five minutes, then over the next five minutes take three readings and record only the lowest.
When pressed for the readings, apart from the first one taken at the surgery which was very high, the rest averaged in the mid 130's which he said was fine, given my stress levels.
And grayfox, if you can stand the discomfort, you might get some favourable results from the 24 hour monitor too. At least having had it done, and with satisfactory results, should get the clinic nurse off my back, who once again has managed to spark angst and worry, this time for a three week period.